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Kosovo War Victims Slam MPs’ Bid to Stop Court (Balkan Insight)

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Survivors of the 1999 Kosovo war and rights campaigners criticised attempts by MPs in Pristina to stop the new Specialist Chambers, which will try former Kosovo Liberation Army fighters.

War victims’ groups and Pristina-based rights campaigners criticised recent attempts by MPs in Pristina to revoke a law which allows the new Kosovo Specialist Chambers to operate.

The president of the Association of Missing and Kidnapped Persons from Kosovo and Metohija, Ranko Djinovic, said that repealing the law would be an “injustice”.

“It would be the greatest insult for the families [of victims], and it must not happen,” Djinovic said.

Milorad Trifunovic, coordinator of another, similarly-named group, the Association of Families of Kidnapped and Missing Persons, said he expected a lot from the court, and that it will not only prosecute those who killed Serbs but also “many Albanians”.

“We expect the court to take justice in its hands, and present justice to the public and the victims’ families,” he added.

Trifunovic said that he thought the MPs’ attempt to revoke the law would fail.

“I don’t think this is going to happen. It’s not in anyone’s interest – neither Serbs’ nor Albanians’,” he said.

Shkemb Manaj, the son of Shaban Manaj, who was the head of the Democratic League of Kosovo branch in the town of Istog/Istok until he was killed in July 2000, also said he hoped that the new court would not be stopped.

See at: http://www.balkaninsight.com/en/article/victims-and-activists-against-kosovo-special-court-repeal-01-09-2018



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